SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy was ranked seventh out of 125 training organizations and was recognized as a top training organization at the Training Magazine 2011 Conference and Expo in San Diego, Feb. 7.
The conference and expo is hosted annually by Training Magazine, the leading business publication for learning and development and human resources professionals.
The magazine announces and ranks the top 125 training organizations in the country annually. It is the only report that ranks companies' excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs.
This year marks the second year in a row that the Navy has been recognized for its training practices, moving up from 17 in 2010 to seventh in 2011.
"Awards such as the 'Top 125' help validate the quality training we provide our customers - the Sailors in the U.S. Navy," said Rear Adm. Joseph Kilkenny, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC). "The security, prosperity and vital interest of the United States are increasingly coupled to other nations. Our naval forces secure our homeland and citizens from attack, and advance our interests around the world. And it is our exemplary training that enables the Navy to be a 'Global Force for Good.'"
Rear Adm. David F. Steindl, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), accepted the award for the Navy. Steindl, and the Navy, received rousing applause from the more than 1,000 training professionals at the conference, including well-known companies such as FedEx, PNC, Verizon and this year's No. 1 ranked company, Farmers Insurance.
"I could not be more pleased that the Navy's commitment to training our Sailors has again been recognized at the prestigious Training Magazine's 'Top 125 Awards,'" Steindl said. "To be recognized as the seventh best training program in the United States is an incredible honor and validates the Navy's investment in education and training."
In the recognition award, announced by Lorri Freifeld, editor-in-chief, Training Magazine, the Navy was lauded for its "continued commitment to innovative, results-oriented training that ensures the organization's achievement of its strategic goals."
"The strength and scope of the Navy's training programs, evaluation methods and demonstrated results are clearly evident in the organization's 'Top 125' application," said Freifeld.
"Organizations that earn multiple Training (Magazine) 'Top 125' awards are those that have a long-term, strategic commitment from the highest levels, recognize the proven return on investment of training and maintain excellence in their training teams and systems," added Mike Murrell, publisher, Training Magazine.
"Being selected as one of the premier national training organizations in this year's Training Magazine 'Top 125' competition is a great testament to the men and women who are empowered to train and educate our Sailors for the growing span of operations they engage in throughout the world," said Michele Harrison, Development, Planning, and Analysis Division (N5) for NETC, who, for a second straight year, helped submit the application to Training Magazine.
"This year, the Training Magazine 'Top 125' focused on tying training to achievement of strategic goals and demonstrable results," Harrison said. "Through an extensive application, the Navy was able to demonstrate that its training programs, best practices, delivery methods and training evaluation methodologies were aligned to the Navy's total force strategy for the 21st century and Naval Education and Training's goals. Financial investment in employee development, the scope of Navy training programs and how closely these efforts were linked to our strategic goals were keys to our success on the Training Magazine 'Top 125' list."
Steindl, who oversees 98 percent of all initial accessions training for the Navy, with the sole exception of the officers produced by the U.S. Naval Academy, called the recognition a validation of the training being received by today's Sailors.
"Whether it is to our Sailors, to other members of the U.S. armed services or to the more than 150 nations who send their military members to our naval schools, the Navy continues to provide world-class training," Steindl said. "We not only owe it to our Sailors, but to our nation."
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